Well, Eureka certainly is starting with a bang.
I discussed this organization briefly with Larry and Randy, but I’ll recap a little:
Eureka! Orchestra – essentially a traveling act to different schools/groups of young people to get them excited about music by playing for them and having interactive games AND – here’s the kicker – allowing them to actually PLAY the instruments they just heard and are now so eager to try in the soon-to-follow instrument petting zoo!
We have our inaugural concert as an orchestra a week from this Saturday on May 16 at Saint John’s Church in Jamaica Plain at 2:00 pm. We’re performing Mahler 4 with soloist Yelena Dudochkin and devilish violinist Léo Marillier as concertmaster. Kristo Kondakci will be conducting. Other works on the program include Beethoven’s Egmont Overture and Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez, featuring guitarist Robert Bekkers.
As described on the GoFundMe page:
The theme is Heroism and Transcendence, as each work explores these ideas through a different lens, from the most intimate and personal to the most grand.
The Beethoven depicts the struggle between an individual and the collective, where the individual is ultimately sacrificed at the hands of the collective.
The Rodrigo portrays the history of Spain in its glory as well as in its tragedy.
The Mahler is about tradition & innocence vs. the seductiveness of banality, culminating in a song about a child’s reaction to being in heaven.
Our GoFundMe page with more information can be found here: http://www.gofundme.com/eurekaorch
If you or someone you know would like to donate, please pass the word along! We can use all the help we can get!
But wait, it gets better.
We’ve also been invited to do a three-day seminar at the Girl Scouts camp in Northern Massachusetts later this May as part of the educational and artistic development of the troop. We’re beyond excited as this is an amazing opportunity to get to work with young people, and in the beautiful rolling hills of the New Hampshire border of all places!
On June 21, we’ll be playing at the Make Music Boston Festival in Ramsay Park, Roxbury in efforts to bring cultural enrichment to the area. The performances will combine dance, music, art, and more!
Overall, the organization is getting off to a good start. We have people interested from all communities, momentum is building, and summer has begun, so everyone is much happier in general!
Larry and I have had brief philosophical discussions throughout the semester, and these have helped shape the path of the organization. We want to go beyond accessibility and into the realm of ART – where children can be their creative selves in a compassionate environment and discover the world at their pace.
After all, it’s that what everyone wants?
Come as you are, play what you want, join in the fun! Eureka!